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03-28-2013, 02:46 PM
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Niagara Matched Up Against North Dakota in NCAA Opener - Niagara University Athletics - - Thursday, March 28.

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. - The Niagara hockey team is heading back to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in their 17-year history, earning its second ever at-large bid into the postseason. The Purple Eagles will face North Dakota in first-round action in the West Regional at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Friday, March 29 at 5:00 pm ET.

Tune In - The games versus North Dakota will be broadcasted live on WJJL 1440 AM and, with Jeremy White and Steve Warzala on the call. The contest can also be seen LIVE on ESPNU (DirecTV Channel 208, Time Warner - Channel 137), and available online on

Tournament Opponent: North Dakota - enters the NCAA Tournament with a 21-12-7 overall mark. The team wrapped up WCHA play as the No. 4 seed, owning a 14-7-7 record. Leading UND in points and goals is senior Danny Kristo with 51 points on 25 goals. He is second on the team for assists (26), as senior Corban Knight holds the top spot with 33 helpers. In net for North Dakota is junior Clarke Saunders who recorded a 13-8-4 mark on the season after playing in 25 games. He has a goals-against average of 2.26 and a save percentage of 916.

All-Time vs. North Dakota - Niagara is 0-4-0 all-time vs. North Dakota, most recently a 3-1 win on Jan. 2, 2010 at the Notre Dame Shillelagh Tournament in Hoffman Estates, Ill.

We Meet Again - The only previous NCAA Tournament meeting between UND and Niagara was UND’s 4-1 win in the 2000 West Region final in Minneapolis.

Niagara Purple Eagles - Game Notes - West Regional Semifinals - vs North Dakota -

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